Pros: Contains electrolytes to restore bodily balance; Assorted flavors and varieties
Athletes lose fluids when they work out or participate in sports and it is common for them to reach for a bottle of sports drink like Gatorade, Powerade, or some other beverage to replace the critical fluids and minerals lost through perspiration. Children can also lose vital fluids, especially when ill. Rather than serve an adult sports drink, there is a beverage made for this purpose. It is called Pedialyte, a product manufactured to prevent dehydration in youngsters.
Facts About This Product:
Pedialyte is a rehydrating formula that is made especially for infants and young children. The product contains water and electrolytes to help restore the childs bodily balance and return to good health. There is no sugar in this product- an ingredient which can actually lead to increased water loss and dehydration. Instead, the flavored varieties use fructose for sweetening purposes.
Pediayte is available in one liter bottles, single serve bottles (8 oz. each, sold in packs of four) and as frozen popsicles. The popsicle variety contains 2.1 oz. per pop and are sold in grape, cherry, orange, and blue raspberry flavors (one of each flavor per four count box). The one liter bottles are sold in fruit, grape, bubble gum, and unflavored varieties. And the 8 oz. bottles are sold in apple and cherry flavors.
Pedialyte should be stored between 55 and 75 degrees. Once the bottle is opened, it is best to use it completely within 48 hours for maximum freshness. The single serve bottles and frozen pops should be consumed immediately while the one- liter bottles offer the convenience of a screw- on cap and can be resealed and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Pedilyte contains Water, Dextrose, Less than 2% of Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium. In addition to this, a one liter bottle provides 100 calories along with 45 mEq of sodium; 20 mEq of potassium; 35 mEq of chloride; 30 mEq of citrate; and 20 mEq of dextrose.
Besides these ingredients, the flavored varieties also contain a small amount of fructose, natural and artificial colors, and food coloring.
The amount of Pedialyte needed to rehydrate varies based on weight. A one- year, 23 pound (10.5 kilo) child will need about one and one- half of the one- liter bottles (approx. 42 to 47 ounces) to replace the vital fluids. A child three years old weighing 32 pounds (14 kilos) will need a dosage of almost two full liters (53 to 57 ounces) to replace his/her fluids. Other weight sizes will require amounts that are proportionate to these levels. These dosages are only meant as a rough guideline because some children (like those that experience constant diarrhea or other illness) will obviously need even more fluid to replace the losses.
Pedialyte is a product made by Abbott Laboratories and it is a common item in the medicine cabinets of many parents. I learned about this product from a pediatrician and I try to have a bottle or two in stock for those times when my little one becomes ill and has a bad case of diarrhea or vomiting. The expulsion of fluids from diarrhea or vomiting can cause rapid water loss in a small child or infant and these fluids need to be replaced quickly.
Most parents simply turn to ordinary fluids like fruit juice, milk, and other common drinks to replace the losses but Pedialyte is better because it replaces the electrolytes that are necessary for proper bodily functions. Potassium, sodium, and other important elements need to be restored and these ingredients are often not found in large enough quantities in most beverages. Pedilyte is manufactured with just the right balance of minerals to get your child or infant back to his his/her good health.
Pedialyte is sold in single serve eight ounce containers, one liter bottles, and frozen pops. I have not experienced the frozen pops and I probably wont buy them for some time. The reason is because my little one is only one year old and isnt ready for a frozen, fruity treat. She can only handle the fluid variety at this point. She isnt picky about the flavor and she will even drink the plain, unflavored variety if its given to her. When she gets older, she will probably prefer the frozen, fruit flavored pops like most kids.
One other use for Pedialyte that I discovered recently is that it can also be effective on ..dogs! Yes, I found this out the hard way yesterday when my little dog showed symptoms of dehydration and needed to be revived quickly. He was very sluggish, his eyes had a sunken, tired look, and he didnt even want to eat. I gave him some water and then consulted the internet on what to do. Much to my surprise, I found several articles that recommended giving my dog Pedialyte. I went to the store and purchased a bottle of the unflavored variety, hurried home, and added a small amount to his water dish at the rate of 3 ml per pound of body weight per hour. He lapped up the liquid and, slowly but surely, he emerged from his dehydrated state; tail wagging, wide- eyed, and back to health.
There is one strike against Pedialyte that must be pointed out: Its price. A one- liter bottle sells for about $4.69 and the frozen pops and single serve varieties cost even more on a per- ounce basis. What other reviewers have stated about this product is very true: There are usually generic alternatives that are much less expensive and offer a product that is exactly the same. At my local Kroger, they sell a generic brand (called Comforts, I believe) that costs only $2.79 for the same one liter bottle. Comparing ingredients, they are exactly the same from top to bottom. Even the mineral content is exactly the same, right down to the last microgram. Thus, as much as I like Pedialyte and recommend its use, it is difficult to ignore the fact that less expensive store brands exist that are at least 40 percent cheaper and are made precisely the same way.
Overall, Pedialyte is a very good product and its a must- have product for parents of young children and infants. It restores lost body fluids- both water and electrolytes- due to vomiting, diarrhea, and other causes. It is like a sports drink for young kids with just the right balance of essential minerals to get your little ones body back to normal.
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